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New access to York station as part of major brownfield redevelopment plans

New access to York station as part of major brownfield redevelopment plans

14.08.18: New plans including a new access point to York station and the expansion of the National Railway Museum headline groundbreaking proposals of creating 6,500 jobs in the city. A collaborative partnership between Homes England, Network Rail, Y...

Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

13.08.18: Two north-west mayors have called for a freeze on rail fares in the north after national fees on networks are set to rise by 3.5% next year. Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham and Liverpool City Region mayor Steve Rotheram wrote to trans...

Rail industry to cut the jargon on confusing train tickets

Rail industry to cut the jargon on confusing train tickets

10.08.18: Passengers will soon be reading clear and concise information on their train tickets as part of the industry’s drive to cut rail jargon. Following findings from KPMG that a fifth (22%) of people don’t think it is easy to underst...

TOCs and tech firms team up to develop rail apps from real-time data

TOCs and tech firms team up to develop rail apps from real-time data

09.08.18: TOCs will soon publish more real-time data to allow technology firms to improve travel apps so that passengers can receive more efficient and up-to-date information in the future, the government has announced. The government and the Rail De...

DfT splashes cash on SME innovation projects

DfT splashes cash on SME innovation projects

07.08.18: A third of the DfT’s entire procurement budget will be invested in small and medium enterprises (SMEs), according to a new government announcement. In its SME action plan released yesterday, the department said a third of procurement...

Southend Victoria line to receive 19km of new overhead wires as part of £46m upgrade

Southend Victoria line to receive 19km of new overhead wires as part of £46m upgrade

06.08.18: A total of 19km of new overhead wires will be installed over the Southend Victoria branch line in the coming months as part of Network Rail’s £46m upgrade to replace their current overhead wiring system. Work will begin from 1 S...

Southeastern completes £30m upgrade to a third of its trains

Southeastern completes £30m upgrade to a third of its trains

03.08.18: A £30m, three-year upgrade has been completed by Southeastern in a joint venture with Eversholt Rail and Bombardier to a third of its rolling stock. The revamp will benefit more than 600,000 passengers and comes as the Class...

Disturbing lack of assurance over plans to fix ‘abysmal’ timetable chaos

Disturbing lack of assurance over plans to fix ‘abysmal’ timetable chaos

03.08.18: It is “disturbing” that neither Network Rail nor the transport operators are able to provide reassurance that their plans to improve the “currently abysmal service levels” and deliver promised network improvements after M...

Deliver NPR by 2032 and invest £100bn in northern transport by 2050, MPs demand

Deliver NPR by 2032 and invest £100bn in northern transport by 2050, MPs demand

02.08.18: A cross-party group of MPs have written to the chancellor calling for £100bn of investment to transform the north of England’s transport by 2050. The letter welcomed the Treasury’s “ongoing commitment to deal with th...

TfWM partners up with another TOC in race for ‘as many deals as possible’

TfWM partners up with another TOC in race for ‘as many deals as possible’

02.08.18: As part of its ambition to team up with as many operators as possible in order to “revolutionise” the rail network, Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) has signed a brand-new partnership deal with Virgin Trains and West Midlands Rail...

Liverpool Lime Street opens its doors after eight-week revamp

Liverpool Lime Street opens its doors after eight-week revamp

01.08.18: Liverpool Lime Street station has resumed services following its successful upgrade over the past eight weeks. As part of the Great North Rail Project, which focussed on creating track and train improvements, around 3km of track has been up...

Grayling backed by May as Northern’s reinstalled timetables falter

Grayling backed by May as Northern’s reinstalled timetables falter

31.07.18: Passengers using Northern Rail services were once again left frustrated this morning when Northern’s planned reintroduction of timetables was marred with delays and cancellations. Northern announced the reintroduction of three quarter...

Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31.07.18: As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the watchdog’s crucial involvement in helping to shape the programme since its early days. The...

Groundbreaking ‘HS4Air’ line proposed, slashing Heathrow to Gatwick travel to just 15 minutes

Groundbreaking ‘HS4Air’ line proposed, slashing Heathrow to Gatwick travel to just 15 minutes

27.07.18: Passengers could connect from Heathrow to Gatwick in just 15 minutes with new £10bn plans to create a high-speed HS4 line. Proposals developed by engineering consultants Expedition say that “HS4Air” (High Speed for Air) wi...

Support for Portishead Line reopening remains high after survey

Support for Portishead Line reopening remains high after survey

26.07.18: A consultation on support for reopening the Portishead Line has highlighted support for the move. The survey, which received over 1,000 responses, found that 95% of respondents supported the scheme known as MetroWest Phase One. As the...

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Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

15/08/2018Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

Swiss rolling stock provider Stadler has been announced as the preferred bidder for a Welsh deal that will provide 71 tr... more >
Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

15/08/2018Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

Train fares in the UK will rise 3.2% in January 2019, the government has confirmed – marginally below the expected... more >
Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14/08/2018Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >